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Thursday, May 26, 2011
On the other side of the barbed-wire fence, John Joe Gray, a "free-standing man" and fugitive from the law, is locked and loaded for the coming apocalypse or authorities - whichever shows up first.
"It's coming," he says. "It's time this country knows God is coming."
A rifle is slung across his back and a gun belt around his waist holds a revolver and extra cartridges. A knife is strapped to the other side of his lean torso. A battered felt hat frames a deeply lined face and bushy beard.
Dangling from a nearby tree, a hangman's noose strangles a weathered sign that sums up his stance: "Solution to tyranny."
Warily covering Gray's flanks are two of his six children, sons Jonathan, 39, and Timothy, 33. The dark-bearded, fit and tanned brothers are as well-armed as their 62-year-old father.
Ten feet behind her brothers and father, long-haired Ruth Gray, 31, stands solemn and silent. She, too, is armed to the teeth.
Next to her is teenager Jessica Gray, "who is old enough," according to her father, Jonathan. She has on a cowboy hat that the wind keeps blowing off, a long denim skirt, a sequined denim vest and cowboy boots. She's packing a pistol and binoculars.
Law is ignoring him
This is one stubborn side of what has been called America's longest-running standoff with law enforcement.
But it's been a single-sided siege. Henderson County authorities have pointedly ignored the would-be war.
For more than 11 years, John Joe Gray and his country clan have been holed up inside their own private prison, a 47-acre strip of Trinity River bottomland about 100 miles southeast of Fort Worth in Henderson County.
On the subject of secession, and an autonomous breakaway region in North America, I know there is a lot of debate about the feasability of such a movement's success.
The US government's military might is fearful. No doubt. Consider though, if you would, the one thing many fail to realize, namely, that the US government is great at blowing things up, but is utterly incapable of winning wars, being stuck in a WW1/WW2 mindset.
Name me one war America has clearly won and exited in the last sixty years...
TIME: 10:00 am
LOCATION: Rm 1327 Legislative Building of the NC General Assembly
North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement
NCFIRE Hotline: 1-888-885-0879
Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, May 25, 2011:
Author Ella Lonn (Foreigners in the Union Army & Navy, LSU Press, 1951) relates that “many Germans had gone through the hard school of revolution in Europe [and thus] were opposed to the idea of “States’ rights,” thus making poor Jeffersonian Republicans. One notable German regiment in Lincoln’s army was the DeKalb Regiment, with about 700 of its 1,040 members, and commanders, having fought in the Prussian Army against the Danes in 1848-1849; and 23 of its 33 officers were veterans who had seen service in European campaigns. Like the earlier Hessians employed against American independence they would be compensated too, this time their allegiance was purchased with generous bounties from Federal, State and County governments. Bounty jumping was prevalent.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"
Government, State & County Bounties:
“I was born on the 16th day of November 1843 in Germany in the province of Brandenburg, district of Potsdam, Kreis (county) Prenzlau in the Uckermark. I emigrated with my parents (Philipp and Auguste Albertine Schultze Milleville) to this country in the year of 1847 and landed in Buffalo on the Fourth of July, 1847. My parents settled in Niagara County, N.Y. in the Town of Wheatfield in a German settlement called Neu Bergholz.
When I was 13-1/2 years old I was confirmed by Rev. Heinrich von Rohr. I was home till I was 16 years old, then I started to learn the tailor trade with a man by the name of Friedrich Parchart. I served my three years apprenticeship with him. All the cash money I had during the three years was 75 cents which I got from a political candidate for taking a letter to August Wolf at Wallmow.
In the spring of 1862 I went to the city of Buffalo to work at my trade, but there was a poor show for a country Jake. Then I got a job…but the boss was a drunkard. He would work all day Sunday, and Sunday night he would go to a saloon and sometimes he would not come home till Tuesday morning and his family would have to suffer. Of course, I did not stay there long.
Then I got a job at 32 Main street by Jacob Metzger. There I stayed till I enlisted on the 20th day of January 1864. I got $300.00 Government Bounty, $75.00 State Bounty and $110.00 County Bounty. Of the Government Bounty, we got $50.00 every six months. The State and County Bounty we got right away. I enlisted in Co. I, 2nd New York Mounted Rifles. After I had been there a few days a fellow came and asked me to loan him my overcoat, he wanted to go to the city to buy tobacco. But he forgot to come back. I guess he was a Bounty jumper.”
(Civil War Diary of Gustave Herman Henry Milleville, Eugene Camann Collection, Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York Newsletter, May-June 2011, pp. 7-8)
Government, State & County Bounties
In one of the best reader input emails from the Kit Up! tip line, we learned of an Army Black Hawk driver who took his infantry saavy into the cockpit.
Our pilot, who prefers to remain anonymous, claims he’s a former infantryman, 18b and 45b and took that love of weaponry and applied it to his personal defense loadout.
Instead of the lame M9 or M4 strapped to his side, our Kit Up! reader slings on an M249 machine gun.
I am a former 45b/11b/18b, now Blackhawk pilot. In country, I fly with a short SAW stuffed against the armor panel or between the seat/lower console depending on left or right seat. Our A/C were getting shot up pretty regularly.
But our Billy Badass didn’t stop there…no sir:
I wanted something to compliment my SAW for an E&E scenario. I went with the M203. there isnt a mounting solution for the SAW, and I didnt want to add too much more weight to my kit (lazy pilot now). Fab Defense/Mako answered the mail with the FD203 stand alone stock. It’s very lightweight, and when using a shorty SOPMOD tube, its almost concealable.
Some fun thinking for Wednesday...
Here are some of the economic reforms that turned the horde of Genghis Khan into a steamroller than flattened most of the world's kingdoms/empires.* He:
- Delayed gratification. He banned the sacking of the enemy's camp/city until all of the fleeing soldiers, baggage, etc. were rounded up. This radically increased the loot accumulated and ensured it could be shared among all of the participants (he confliscated the wealth of those men that cheated by looting early).
- Systematically shared the loot based on contribution and merit. He disregarded title or status and systematically rewarded loot to everyone in the horde that earned it (the traditional approach was to let a few take it all -- sound familiar?). Of course, that fairness pissed off the nobility since they were used to backroom dealing and hereditary rights. However, the benefits of this system, were far greater than the costs. To wit: He cemented the loyalty of the men and was able to attract thousands to his banner for every noble lost.
- Protected those that make sacrifices. For men killed in the campaign, he paid their share of loot to their widows/orphans posthumously.
*of course, the first unsaid lesson is: attack the places with the most loot.
The economic strategy of Genghis Khan works well against any corrupt, top-heavy system (loot rich targets that are defended by nobility + serfs). Sounds somewhat similar to today's global economic formula. Of course, it's also important to view this simple but effective strategy as something apart from the figure that used it. For example, a decent/moral decentralized system that replicates this merit based approach could reproduce some of the success Genghis had against the feudal holdings and petty tyrannies of today's marketplace.
NC Senate:Email President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger of the NC Senate at Phil.Berger@ncleg.net or call him at (919) 733-5708. Be respectful but firm.
Tell Sen Berger to move now to allow bill S.205 to be heard in committee and when favorably approved, be allowed to be voted upon by the full NC Senate in the next two weeks. S.205 restricts illegal immigrants from getting non-emergency social services as federal law will allow. Our state budget is tight so if we can cut services to citizens, we can darn sure do all we can to keep social services (paid for by the taxpayers) from going to illegals. We need action, not more excuses. [don't let them tell you to call the bill's sponsor ----- at this moment in time it is State Senator Berger who is making the decision].
ALSO SEND THIS EMAIL TO YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES.
AND PLEASE (YOU) TAKE ACTION NOW. THANKS.
Upon introducing H.R. 1094, Rep. Paul offered the following remarks in support of his bill to abolish the Federal Reserve. Paul stated:
Though the Federal Reserve policy harms the average American, it benefits those in a position to take advantage of the cycles in monetary policy. The main beneficiaries are those who receive access to artificially inflated money and/or credit before the inflationary effects of the policy impact the entire economy. Federal Reserve policies also benefit big spending politicians who use the inflated currency created by the Fed to hide the true costs of the welfare-warfare state. [emphasis added]As the Federal Reserve disseminates more information about its secret dealings abroad, giving loans to foreign banks, bailing out industries, printing endless supplies of paper money –- causing inflation and thus high prices for consumer goods, and the artificial depreciation of interest rates (i.e. zero percent federal funds rate), it is clear that the Federal Reserve does more harm than good and that its policies of lowering the federal funds rate in the fall of 2001 was the catalyst for the unsustainable housing bubble that collapsed in late 2007/2008.
History has proven that fiat currency does not work and that such Keynesian schemes, as those practiced by the Fed, only precipitate the very recessions/depressions it claims to oppose, which the Fed then responds to by enacting further measures that only serve to prolong the assured economic calamity.
Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, and Congress alone, the sole power to determine monetary weights and measurements for the coinage of money and the power to coin gold and silver as the nation’s legal tender. Nowhere is Congress authorized to establish a national or central bank and cede away its Constitutional powers that protect the integrity of sound money and free markets. This wisdom was understood and practiced by Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Grover Cleveland. Now, H.R. 1094 lives up to that very same wisdom by calling for the abolition of the Federal Reserve System in its entirety and thus repealing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
As pointed out in G. Edward Griffin's classic exposé, The Creature from Jekyll Island, the Federal Reserve System was created, in order to protect the power of the banking cartel and expand its wealth. Since the Fed extends credit to the U.S. government, it profits handsomely from the ever-increasing national debt. As a result, there is every incentive for the Fed to support profligate federal spending.
A series of tsunami-like waves of fiscal and monetary stimulus are being generated by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington who would have naïve Americans believe that such a policy is intended to shorten (with no ulterior motive) the recession by stimulating consumer spending, which makes up around 70% of U.S. economic activity. It does not really matter whether the stimulus comes through tax rebates, increased government spending, or lower interest rates, because the end result is inflation of the money supply by the Federal Reserve System.
The inflationary policies of the federal government and the central bank (Fed) are largely responsible for bringing the world to the brink of financial collapse. A key reason is that the unlimited availability of money created out of thin air distorts the perceptions of economic strength of a nation and the solvency of its government, which leads to the misdirection of investment in ways that would not be justified or tolerated in the absence of monetary inflation. Creating more money (the Keynesian means for economic stimulus and controlling the masses) exacerbates the problem and perpetuates misdirected investment. And yet, that is precisely what is being supported by many, if not most, members of Congress and appointed bureaucrats, and the view most promulgated by the politically correct, elitist controlled media.
A policy of tax cuts, increased government spending, and lower interest rates was implemented during 2001 in response to the economic downturn that began with the bursting of a stock market bubble the year before. However, those stimulus measures only postponed a recession and in turn created the real estate market bubble that has now burst. Allowing the Fed to create more money out of thin air delays the day of reckoning, but ensures that the traumatic consequences will be compounded when such fiscal stimulus fails to work.
Ironically, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan once called the idea that the Fed could prevent recessions a "puzzling" notion. As for inflation, Greenspan is on the record as follows:
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value [without gold].... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. ("Gold and Economic Freedom," Alan Greenspan, 1966)Please support the restoration of financial stability to America's economy through the abolition of the Federal Reserve System. Contact your U.S. Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R. 1094 to "End the Fed" in the 112th Congress.
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